Shortly before we had kids my husband decided that we should use his medical payment plan at work for eye surgery. Not for him but for me. The idea of not having to wear eyeglasses anymore was like a dream but my practical self wasn’t sure I wanted to spend so much on myself when our older home still needed a lot of updates. In addition, my husband wears glasses (still does) and I felt a little guilty being the only one to get eye surgery, although his eyes weren’t as bad as my own.
At the time I was considered legally blind without my prescription glasses. I really couldn’t see much of anything that wasn’t right up to my face. I couldn’t even read the “E” on the eye chart, except that I knew it was a big “E”. Sad, right? So with the push of my husband I decided to take the plunge.
When I had my initial consultation I discovered that I didn’t quality for LASIK because of the thickness (or lackthereof) of my cornea so I’d have to go with a different process known as PRK. PRK is eye surgery like LASIK but instead of creating a flap that allows for quicker healing, they literally remove the first layer. Ouch, right? Not only would I need to have PRK, it would also have to be custom (which cost an additional $500 PER EYE) because of the severity of my nearsightedness. I wanted to ditch my glasses but I did hesitate because of the additional expensive and longer healing time than I originally anticipated.
I’m not sorry I had PRK. While the pain I experienced while healing was excruciating (I was rarer part of the population that has longer and more painful healing process), the results have been fabulous. I’m so happy to not to deal with glasses and contacts. While it has become less expensive to purchase now that you can buy contacts and glasses online, the convenience benefits outweigh anything else. The surgery was very expensive so I’m glad I did it before kids or I know I never would have.
Have you gotten eye surgery or are you contemplating it? What finally made you do it or what is holding you back?
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